An Easy Alternative to Scrolling Webpages: Spacebar« Back to Tech Tips
Scrolling up and down can sometimes be annoying when scrolling webpages, especially with the mouse or touchpad. However, there’s an alternative to scrolling with a mouse, for which you don’t even need the mouse. It’s the spacebar on your keyboard!
Normally, you would use the scrollbar in the browser, scroll heel on your mouse, or page up and down keys on your keyboard. However, you can also use the spacebar.
Scrolling Webpages with Spacebar
Many people don’t know that a spacebar can also scroll webpages. Spacebar is also one of the most easily accessed keys on your keyboard, which makes it easier and faster to use for scrolling down a webpage. Unlike other keys, it’s pretty big in size, so even easier to use without moving your hand a lot.
How to Use Spacebar for Scrolling Webpages
You can simply press spacebar once to scroll down one screen on a web page.
It may be the easiest way, but you still need a little practice to use spacebar if you’re using this method for the first time. For example, when you press the spacebar, it moves you down a little. You can keep pressing the spacebar to move further down.
In addition, you can also use the spacebar to scroll the webpage down completely. In other words, you’ll be at the bottom of the web page if you keep it pressed for a few seconds.
So, what if you want to move up? Well, to scroll back up to the top of the page, simply press shift + spacebar. That takes you one screen up. Again, keep pressing both shift + spacebar to go to the top of the webpage.
This comes in very handy when you’re on a long webpage and need to get to the bottom of the page. For instance, when you want to find the link to the Contact page of the website, which is usually located at the bottom of the website.
Some websites don’t have the “Go to the bottom” or “Go back to the top” button. In such cases, the spacebar is a big convenience, as you don’t have to scroll all the way up or down with a mouse or scrollbar. Instead, just press one key, and you’re done.
Spacebar is More Ergonomic Than Mouse Scrolling
Using the spacebar is more ergonomic than using the scroll wheel on your mouse or even the touchpad on your laptop. How?
First of all, you don’t have to keep moving your finger the way you would on a scroll wheel, which can result in fatigue.
Secondly, the spacebar is easily accessible by your thumbs, so you can use either of your thumbs to scroll down. Scrolling up doesn’t take much effort either, as it just takes two keys.« Back to Tech Tips